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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Werner's Wings Sun Umbrellas for the Bf 109F/G Trop
1:32 & 1:48 Scale

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When they deployed to North Africa, German Bf 109Fs and Gs were modified for operations in the desert environment.  Trop-modified 109s were repainted in distinctive desert camouflage paint schemes, the supercharger air intake was fitted with an all-important air filter, and there were two small, teardrop-shaped metal brackets on the left side of the fuselage below the cockpit sill.  These were mounts for specially designed sun umbrellas (or Sonderwerkzeug).  These shaded the cockpit, preventing the front office from becoming uninhabitable when sitting on alert or any other time the airplane was in direct Saharan sunlight.

Hobbycraft included a sun umbrella in a long-ago released 109 kit, but it left a lot to be desired, as in the shape was so bad it probably could not be used.  While Eduard has included the bracket details in a few of their kits and detail sets, there’s a rather large and rather empty aftermarket niche for a Bf 109 sun umbrella.  

Here, Werner’s Wings steps in with a 3D-printed single-piece umbrella in both 1:48 and 1:32 scales.  The printing is excellent, and Pete Hamann designed the 3D umbrella model itself.  On the underside of the umbrella, there’s more than 20 fine attachment points for the printing sprues. There’s a lot of them, but the clean-up should be quite easy.  You’ll need to make your own umbrella pole, and I would suggest using a fine brass rod.  Simple!  Just watch out for the umbrella edges.  They are thin and delicate. 

As noted, these sets fill in a major gap in the 109 aftermarket world.  The use of these aftermarket sun umbrellas will add a great touch of detail and realism to your 1:48 or 1:32 scale Bf 109F or G Trop model whether its in a diorama or just sitting pretty on a base.  

These are an impending release from Werner’s Wings –not quite out yet – so keep your eyes peeled.  Prices are estimated.  Werner’s Wings is also working with Kokopelli Scale Designs on producing Bf 109F/G photo reconnaissance camera housings.  These parts may be released with the umbrella sets.  Stay tuned…

Many thanks to Floyd Werner of Werner’s Wings for the review sample.  You can find them on the web at http://www.wernerswings.com.  Their email is info@wernerswings.com and on Facebook, you can follow them at https://www.facebook.com/Werners-Wings.  Also – if you choose get any of these detail sets, please let Floyd know you saw it here on Detail & Scale!    

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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